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Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on 1972-03-25

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Grateful Dead Live at Academy of Music on 1972-03-25

Topics Live concert

Hey Bo Diddley*-> I'm A Man*-> Jam*-> Take It Off*-> Mona*, Wow Wow Hey Hey*, Slow Blues*, Pollution*, Eighteen Children*, Jam*, Jam* How Sweet It Is, Are You Lonely For Me, Next Time You See Me, Brown Eyed Women, Smokestack Lightning, Sitting On Top Of The World, Sugaree, Looks Like Rain, Bertha, Mr. Charlie, Playin' In The Band, Good Lovin', Turn On Your Love Light

Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Academy of Music
Location New York, NY

Source Audience
Taped by
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AUD composite- see notes in info file; via Hanno Bunjes, with thanks to Uli Teute


Reviewer: lilrichwhiteboy - favorite - September 14, 2014
Subject: Bo Boo Hoo
I just want to cry Sitting On Top Of The World isn't on DP30, it was so rarely done. What a ballsy skkkkorcher was thine!!! Alas, twas not to be. That Slow Blues and Pollution by Bo are fabulous on the Hanno Bunjes - Jake Horner copy. Why in god's name would anybody need one more OMSN, BEW, SugMag, or PITB (though this one is one of the best I've ever heard - and the shortest)??? It's a mighty good show but, My god, this could have been one of the best Blues and Rock & Roll albums in history. Dick, yah goofed (RIP). Anybody know if the missing stuff might have been featured on the Dead Hour? Priceless story oh uh um ah. Thanx.
Reviewer: deadbass36 - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 25, 2011
Subject: poor sound
poor sound loses a star, but there's definitely a sense of sitting in the crowd, (well maybe being in the bathroom and still being able to hear the show), but Bob does do a heartfelt LLR is it the first? This is a taste of old 60s Dead one last time for NYC, before jetting off to Europe.
Reviewer: kboyxxx - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - July 20, 2010
Subject: Inferno
Was this the show billed as Jerry Garcia and Friends ?
Was there not a huge Spotlight going all the way up to the night sky ?
This is how I remember it.
Angel chicks walking up and down the aisle with a jug of Orange Juice. " One swig for high , two swigs for really high "
All red lights on Pig durring LL hence my inferno referance.
Reviewer: oh_uh_um_ah - favoritefavorite - May 3, 2009
Subject: The GRATEFUL DEAD "Live On Stage" March 25, 1972 at the Acadamey of Music, New York City, New York, U.S.A.

Ah yes, the 14th Street Theater, the Paramount, the Academy of Music...the same place with different names for different people for different times.

I went to this show with my friend John M. from Brooklyn. Just a couple of 16-17 year old freaks hangin' out.

We got to the show early and stood in line.

I remember seeing the Hell's Angel's choppers parked on 14th street outside the theater.

Handmade hard-tail bikes; some were hogs, some were choppers, some were works of art, some looked like they were ridden hard.

Everyone was in awe of these motorcycles and not one person dared to go near them much less think about touching one.

When it got dark and the show was about to begin a Stagecoach with four black horses drove down cobblestoned 14th Street and it stopped in front of the Academy of Music.

Two Hell's Angel's were sitting up top. One Hell's Angel was the Stagecoach driver and the other was riding shot-gun, with a real F'n shot-gun!

The Stagecoach door opened and a Hell's Angel got out with a dolled up babe, looking real fine and sexy on his arm. I guess he was President or Vice President of the East Coast Chapter from 2nd Avenue, or maybe he was the Sgt of Arms, but whoever he was he was a big-shot, with all the power.

They got out of the Stagecoach and walked into the theater. A short while later the theater doors opened and they let the rest of us in.

The first 30-40 rows of the orchestra seats were reserved for the Hell's Angels. I never went down stairs....No one was rushing the stage this night, that's for sure.

My seat was way up in the third balcony. The place was huge, with 3 or four balconies.(Thank God)

The place was packed with all kinds of Freaks, Hippies, and "other folks". But we were all the same that night, we were all fans of the GRATEFUL DEAD.

All I can tell you is the show was incredible.

Hallucinogenics gave the show a whole other dimension. They also gave NYC and the subway system a whole other dimension too.

I remember the mirror ball hanging down and spinning from the ceiling getting hit with a focused white spot and making stars flash all over the audience,stage, walls and ceiling.

When the show ended we took the stairs down to the main floor where the orchestra seats were. There we found a few Hell's Angels passed out on the floor. We carefully walked by them and out to the street.

It was another time, another universe. Did it happen? This recording is proof it did.

After the show the 14th Street Subway Station platforms were filled with hippies and freaks heading home. What a sight to see!

Too bad the audio quality for this show is in the toilet here on the IA.

Get DP #30 it's worth it. I don't get any money for recommending it either.

I bought DICK'S PICKS #30. I guess if you want it, you gotta pay for it.

Maybe someday someone will put the entire show on the Internet Archive?

I remember seeing movie camera's at all the GRATEFUL DEAD shows I went to, where is all that FOOTAGE, man???

Eat, Drink, Be Merry and listen to the GRATEUFL DEAD.

Thanks for the Love.
Reviewer: JamminJerome - favoritefavorite - April 19, 2007
Subject: awful sound
Usually I try not to let the sound of a show lower my rating of a show by more than one star or so, but in this case it is impossible. The sound is so bad that it is really hard to hear everything correctly. It's an interesting setlist, the Bo Diddly stuff is very intriguing, and there's a pretty nice LLR and How Sweet It is snuck in there. I'm fairly certain if I was actually able to hear this well, this here show would be a good 4-5 star show. However, the sound is so awful that I cannot give it more than 2 stars.
Reviewer: Stefan W. - favoritefavoritefavorite - January 27, 2006
Subject: DickÃÂôs Picks???
You should not rate official recordings here! If you have something to say, tell us about this recording. Which is not too good(concerning the recording, not the performance!), but who really cares?? I think we are all a little bit nostalgic, and we should be lucky, that these audience recordings survived. At least, they allow a view back to the good (better?) times we experienced (or in my case: whished to have experienced). Listen to this and be happy, or just leave it, itÃÂôs your own choice.
Reviewer: ZiggyDaMoe - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 11, 2006
Subject: Dick's Picks #30
For those of you who have been looking... much of this show is available on Dick's Picks #30 in glorious sound.

DP#30 also has the entire night of 72-03-28

5-star for DP#30
Reviewer: Lewis/Klitschko - favoritefavorite - August 18, 2005
Subject: Re:
Amidst the shitty sound, there's a "Looks Like Rain" that's downright pretty! Yes, it does shine through.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - favorite - August 5, 2005
Subject: 1
Sound quality is abysmal.
Reviewer: davmar77 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - February 21, 2005
Subject: it's out.go buy it!
this show has been released as a dick's picks so for all you recent reviewers,you can now hear a great copy.
my rating is for the official release.
Reviewer: Joe Shlobotnick - favorite - January 12, 2005
Subject: uuh...
This is unlistenable. Strictly a curiosity until a better source comes along, if it even exists.
Reviewer: Tripps86 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 14, 2004
Subject: Love this show!
"How Sweet It Is" is a treat to listen to, since it was the only time the Dead ever performed it, and the Bo Didley set is a lot of fun. Great show!
Reviewer: DeadLast - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - November 4, 2004
Subject: I wish I may, I wish I might....
Find someone with a decent quality version from this night. The "Boys" and Bo Diddley himslef for the whole first set. Can't you just picure the grin on Jerry's face!! As stated by the reviewer below; the sound is...well, bad. It does get a little better as the show moves on. Check out for a comprehensive list of song order and "special" side notes from the many rare tunes played on this night. 5 stars just because it can't all be about sound quality.
Reviewer: candymanan - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - April 13, 2004
Subject: For the True Collector
A nice show to add to a collection for the most thorough of collectors. The only version of 'How Sweet it is' and 'Are you Lonely For Me' and a nice Smokestack & Top of the World. Big issue here is sound quality. There are a lot of splices and glitches and mixes of different sources with different quality. You decide if it is worth it to you, but I'll still keep this one
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